Whitford residents hand in opposition document to Bromsgrove District Council

Bromsgrove Advertiser: REPORT: District councillor Luke Mallett, with John Gerner, Whitford Vale Voice's transport and geology spokesman and Roy Dixon, the group's chairman, handing in an opposition document to the controversial Whitford development. SP REPORT: District councillor Luke Mallett, with John Gerner, Whitford Vale Voice's transport and geology spokesman and Roy Dixon, the group's chairman, handing in an opposition document to the controversial Whitford development. SP

A GROUP opposing a proposed development in Whitford Road have handed in a document detailing their reasons to Bromsgrove District Council.

Whitford Vale Voice, representing residents in the area, have written a 200 word report containing detailed evidence, data and analysis.

The objections of the group concern roads, traffic, and the sustainability of the site.

The residents say the evidence points to "major errors and omissions", in respect of the information and data supplied.

The group claims the figures grossly underestimate the walking distances and travel times to key local facilities, and that traffic flows predicted bear no relation to the journeys undertaken by current Whitford residents.

The residents’ group believes the evidence suggests the impact of the proposals on Fox Lane and its junction with Rock Hill will be very severe, which is grounds for refusal of planning permission under the National Planning Policy Framework that guides local authorities.

The group also objects on the grounds there has been a failure to recognise the impact of rat-running traffic on areas including Millfields and the junction of Shrubbery Road and Worcester Road.

Chairman of Whitford Vale Voice, Roy Dixon said: “I would like to thank all those who have supported Whitford Vale Voice in preparing this detailed dossier of evidence.

"The works undertaken to produce such a body of evidence would not have been possible without the support of our local community.

"The evidence we have provided is of sufficient detail to provide the council with grounds for refusal.”

Bromsgrove District Councillor Luke Mallett, the leader of the opposition Labour group on the council, said: "The local residents have identified and evidenced key and major discrepancies between their experience and local knowledge and the picture being painted by developers.

"I would urge the developers and local authorities to consider carefully the very detailed evidence the local community have now supplied.

"The questions and concerns raised are echoed by the hundreds of objections the council have received from the public."

A district council spokesman said: "As always we welcome representations from all parties on planning applications.

"All comments will be considered as part of the planning process."

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12:12am Sat 15 Mar 14

Dodia Ford says...

Well done to the objectors. The traffic would be even more of a nightmare at the Whitford Road/Kidde Road and the Fox Lane/Rock Hill junctions than it is now. How about any 'brown field' sites available? I often drive past the proposed site and It isn't just an ordinary field, it is beautiful, sweeping and rolling field that should stay as it enhances the local area and in itself is a lovely vista.
The application should be turned down on highways issues alone, never mind everything else!
Well done to the objectors. The traffic would be even more of a nightmare at the Whitford Road/Kidde Road and the Fox Lane/Rock Hill junctions than it is now. How about any 'brown field' sites available? I often drive past the proposed site and It isn't just an ordinary field, it is beautiful, sweeping and rolling field that should stay as it enhances the local area and in itself is a lovely vista. The application should be turned down on highways issues alone, never mind everything else! Dodia Ford
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